MONTROSE, Colo. (KREX) — New officers will be patrolling Montrose after being sworn into the Montrose Police Department (MPD) during a ceremony, filling two vacancies within the agency. Officers Bridgette Clarkson and David Copeland took their oaths in front of family, friends, City Councilors, MPD Commanders Tim Cox and Matt Smith, and MPD Police Chief Blaine Hall.

Officer Bridgette Clarkson being sworn in as a member of the MPD

Officer Clarkson, a graduate of the Western Colorado Law Enforcement Academy at Colorado Mesa University, joins the ranks of the MPD after becoming the first candidate to complete the new cadet program offered by the department. The program allows cadets to work inside the department while they complete their training and education.

Officer David Copeland taking his oath to become an MPD officer

Officer Copeland recently retired from the Colorado State Patrol as a Master State Trooper after accruing 28 years of service. He is considered to be an expert in the areas of drug recognition and impaired driving investigations by his peers and supervisors, and his experience will be a welcomed addition to the MPD.

Police Chief Hall told the new officers that they are to hold themselves to the highest personal standards at all times, whether they are on or off duty. Hall also reiterated that their job as police officers is to earn the trust of the citizens of Montrose while protecting the lives, property, and community itself.